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to find new markets, just as the competitors are finding. america is on the sidelines as the other -- if we are on the sidelines as other nations are doing this, we will lose jobs offshore. however, realizing the benefits also means enforcing those agreements to the trading partners so that will play by the rules. that is why i will continue to try to open global markets to strengthen the trade relations in asia and with partners like south korea, panama, and columbia. . and colombia. fourth, we need to invest in the skills and education of our people. now this year, this year we've broken through the stale mate between left and right by launching a national competition to improve our schools. and the idea here is simple. instead of rewarding failure, we only reward success. only reward success. in the status quo, we only invest in reform. reform that raises student achievement, inspiring students to compel in math and science, and turns around tailing -- failing school that steal the future of too many young americans from rural communities to the inner cities. in the 21st century
of the forces for freedom and equality in america's second civil war. racism and segregation and depression of african-americans did not end with the end of the first civil war in 1865 and the passage of the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments. in the decades that followed, segregation, and the separation of races was enforced by law and by practice. slowly over the alt -- long years after the civil war, the inconsistencies of these policies, with the sacrifices made in the civil war, and the clear mandate in our declaration of independence that all men are created equal, for america to look into a mirror to see that the image of america that was in that mirror did not reflect the america we wanted, did not live up to the dreams our founding fathers had. we needed another civil war. this time not a violent one on the battlefield of virginia, but a war of ideas and of values, a war of protest to shatter that mirror, to shatter that image and create a new reflection of our hopes for a more perfect union. revolutions need leaders, leaders prepared as our founding fathers were, pledged their lives
and is far less so now, as there are so many people in the muslim world that are mad at america. very few muslims hate americans for being americans. in terms of airports, the watch word is not a silver bullet. if anything, this gentleman in detroit was a rank amateur. had he been a professional, it would not have the nabobs of job. for americans to somehow think that we have a great system to protect them, i think that is wrong. i think sometimes i wonder why we spend so much attention on the aircraft and system when we have 3000 or 4,000 miles of open sea borders. host: going back to your comment from a moment ago about the u.s. killing al qaeda one of the time, what should we do, does that mean a bigger military presence in places like yemen? guest: we are at the drawing board. we have not progressed since 9/11. we are fighting an enemy that basically does not exist. the american people, for the last four presidents, continued to tell americans that we are fighting an enemy that is motivated by hatred for freedom and our liberties. women in the workplace. liquor after the work day. the
in america i would rather be living in with having lost this job in texas, because i know that the programs that you all have put in place, i'll be able to find that job very soon. and that's the type of can-do spirit that you see in the state of texas. we lead the nation in the production -- in the development of jobs. while america was losing 3 million jobs because of the washington type of spend it all, spend it now approach. texas was gaining almost 100,000 jobs. just this last november, and october. we created jobs in the state of texas. that's what people want to see. low taxes, a regulatory climate that's fair and a school workforce. they picked texas as the number three place in america for small businesses. that came out two days ago. creating that environment for people to have a job. single most important thing a governor will do. >> governor, and by the way 100,000 jobs you said you create under your administration but we lost well beyond that amount, correct? >> no, sir. we created more jobs from november of 2007 to november of 2008. texas created more jobs than the rest of the
, it jobs, securing america. we also spent time with leaders like bill clinton, talking about the tragedy in haiti. spent time with leaders like bill clinton, talking about the tragedy in haiti but i must tell you, we just had a powerful, sensible wind blown beneath our wings by bill clinton, former president of the united states. to start this conference off with another president, eric schmidt from google, to hear from the president of the united states, barack obama and to have been between more than a dozen presidents in ceo's of business and labor come before us and tell us of their optimism and their belief that we can get this done i believe the leaves are members ready to go back to work next week. we are prepared to take the words of bill clinton, barack obama, eric schmidt into with the people of america have been waiting for and that is for us to pass health care legislation, to put americans back to work and to have sensible policy on energy and to bring this forward in foreign policy as well and we heard from our leaders, principally from the speaker of the house of represent
someone very dear to massachusetts, and to america. senator ted kennedy was a tireless and big-hearted public servant, and for most of my lifetime was a force like no other in this state. [applause] his name will always command the affection and respect by the people a massachusetts and i said to be filled the same about her. there's no replacing a man like that, but tonight i honor his memory, and i pledge my very best to be a worthy successor. i said at the very beginning, when i sat down at the dinner table with my family, that win or lose we would run a race which would make us all proud. i kept my word and we ran a clean, issues oriented, upbeat campaign - and i wouldn't trade that for anything. when i first started running, i asked for a lot of help, because i knew it was going to be me against the machine. i was wrong, it was all of us against the machine. tonight we have shown everybody now and that you of the machine. i'm glad my mom and dad, brothers, sisters, and so many family members are here tonight. once again, before i go any further, i want to introduce somebod
of the communications workers of america and what the federal government's role should be an expanding communication in the communication that is on c-span 2. now president barack obama on the legacy of martin luther king jr. he commemorated the birthday of the late civil rights leader yesterday. president barack obama spoke at the historic thurmont avenue baptist church in the nation's capital where dr. king once preached. his remarks are about half an hour. [applause] >> good morning. praise be to god. let me begin by thanking the entire of vermont avenue baptist church family for welcoming our family here today. it feels like a family. thank you for making us feel that way. [applause] to pastor wheeler, first lady wheeler, thank you for welcoming us today. congratulations to jordan denice aka cornelius. [laughter] michelle and i have been blessed with a new nephew this year. austin lucas robinson. maybe at the appropriate time we can make introductions. [laughter] if jordan's father is like me, that will be about 30 years. [laughter] that is a great blessing. michelle and melia and sasha and i ar
. until you understand that the america we occupy is the product, to a huge extent, of people who are still living -- think about it this way. someplace between 33% to 40% of today's gross domestic product comes out of firm that did not exist in 1980. now, i think if every economist who advises government had that tattooed there, 40% of the g.d.p. comes from firms that didn't exist 30 years ago, we'd have different policy. >> steven douglas. at the university level where we're teaching our college students about starting companies and assessing risks and calculating risks, should entrepreneurship education be, well, education or more experience? >> frank? >> if i may. i think the experience is the education. i will answer it very simply. you have to experience what it is to be an entrepreneur. in many places, stanford, m.i.t., for example, wisconsin, the institute in akron, we're doing the same. we take teams of students and we expose them to problems. in our case we have teams including an m.b.a. student, shadowing orthopedic surgeons, looking at the things they are doing. to det
's campaign. what we have a first amendment to allow people the right to speak out in america. why do we need people of courage. sometimes people to sacrifice their lives, whether those in the midst of board today were those who sacrificed their lives in america through other causes. why sometimes those things are necessary for us to have the comforts of sitting here today and having this discussion. so when whitney talk about dr. king, it is important to reflect on all of those issues, why we needed it, why we needed such a sacrifice then and why we need even more sacrifices today. so i will leave with this proposition. all of us obviously have to adhere to it, but i especially challenge those of the next generation that are in the audience. the issue is, yes, we're honoring dr. king. but i think what is even more significant from where we stand today is to give proper honor. the proper honor to days to question what movement are you going to be a part of? what movement are you going to lead? we are beset in this country in this world with as many problems that existed then, and they need to
said america is the indispensable nation of the world. i say by way, and warn i feel you have made yourself indispensable. it is an extraordinary act of service that you performed. it is important in this particular moment in our government of history that you formed such a collaboration. it is not just bipartisan. i do not want either one of you to think of your party labels when you do your work. it continues to make you very important and influential. we have been very substantive. i thought it was actually yewise and helpful to the committee. i thank you for it. we want to do a series the subject matter hearings. i would like to invite that you and your staff that we consult with you about the directions in which we were going. i cannot think you enough. it has been a constructive hearing for us. look keep the record of the hearing opened for 15 days. i thank you. the hearing is adjourned. us be the -- thank you. >> now we will hear from the homeland security secretary. she recently returned from an overseas trip which included a series of meetings on aviation security. the bri
overall goal goals waes move towards future energy independence in america and sustainability. first i'd like to talk a little bit about our power and energy initiative at the university of pittsburgh. our initiative is built around three main goals. the first is to educate the next generation of power and energy engineering professionals. these are students in the classroom right now today who i can tell you want to come out and change the world. and the energy sector with all the challenges that we have, the fact it is a defining issue in the decades to come of this century provides them many opportunities that they are getting very excited around. this provides us a a unique opportunity to help with workforce development and we'll talk a little more about in a few minutes. we're also contributing to advanced research initiatives in the power and energy sector. our program is uniquely built around electric power engineering, nuclear engineering, mining engineering and even petroleum. uniquely we're positioned in such a broad energy space to bring comprehensive solutions to different
to have her become america's doctor and focus that attention all around the country. as she said, we used to have a whole set of rules which were given out to people. eat three square meals a day, the children up from behind the television, but that fell on deaf ears. those are important things to do, if we are really serious about turning a corner on this issue, we need everyone to be involved. we need to make this a national crisis and a national issue. the president pointed out that families have a problem to pay their bills and affordable health care is getting more difficult and that impacts their ability to keep good employees and expand businesses. the on healthier we are as a nation, the more our healthcare costs will continue to rise and the less competitive we will be globally in the world. we have a moral obligation but i would say an economic imperative to begin to make a change. let me give you a couple of pretty alarming statistics -- according to the centers for disease control and prevention, we already spend one out of every 10 health care dollars on obesity. and its obes
to be sure we are offering of nsl brought the of protection that it's going to keep us from making america a safer, our military seaver and avoiding these kinds of tragedies and i'm not clear we are at that point today with the publication of this amex. >> may i make one very quick observation? in order for the american people to understand this part of the process we had five teams and one of the team still with the issues as prescribed in the terms of reference and secretary west indicated three the look up the gaps, the weaknesses, the application here. so that it is clear we thought through the longer term process the person that headed the effort to was a four-star general from the united states army, and it is not just coincidence that he has already been given the task by the secretary of the army. we recommended the secretary of defense refer the findings we have in hand to the secretary of the army and the secretary of the armenian to the same officer to proceed with the case in order to speed the process and a rapidly come to a judgment of accountability. >> thank the gentleman.
-in-chief of the washington monthly and a senior fellow here at the new america foundation, so on behalf of the washington monthly and a new america thanks for coming. we are here today to discuss this special report just released in the current issue of the washington monthly called the "the agent orange boomerang" which you can read it washington monthly.com. am ghaffari start ridges monta thanked america come less thank the staff of the washington and the ford foundation for his support. from 1962 to 1971 the u.s. military sprayed close to 20 million gallons of the herbicide agent orange across vietnam to defoliate dense jungle in order to better protect personnel and equipment from north to south and to destroy enemy crops. bats burring we now know left behind a residue of dioxin persisted in highly toxin-- toxic chemical and over the next two decades american soldiers who served in vietnam were forced to fight another war, this one to force their own government to recognize the damage done to their bodies into provide health care and other benefits they deserve. washington did so in 1991, when presid
will be the engine that will get this economy moving again. >> these wages have not risen in america since 1972 so it is not just the last 10 years. we have lost 40 years. we need to get the economy going. the way we do that is cut spending. harding did it in the 1920's and we have not done it since. we continue to spend money on wars and on entitlement plans. these things draw money from the private sector into the public private sector into the public sector and year after year, we we see people not getting real wage increases. that is what is going on. until people are willing to cut spending, entitlements and stock going to war around the world, we are not going to fix the government. we have a number of bureaucracies. we have wasteful spending, and nobody is holding them accountable. somebody needs to stop the wars. somebody needs to hold back the entitlement programs, and somebody needs to give the money back to the tax payer. >> congressional budget office is going to take 10 years, so we're going to be paying for our plan. we are going to be subsidizing other states, and eventually we are
america's interests abroad, we can help allied overseas development efforts with our strategic objectives and national interest. onal interests. this will not be easy, but it will make our government work more effective, efficient, and enduring. we are already emphasizing this kind of coordination with our new food security initiative, which brings together the department of agriculture's expertise on agricultural research, usaid's expertise with extension services, the u.s. trade representative's efforts on agricultural trade, and the contributions of many other agencies. we know that attracting investment and expanding trade are critical development. so we're looking to coordinate the foreign assistance programs at usaid, mcc, and other agencies with the trade and investment initiatives of the ustr, the u.s. export-import bank, and the overseas private investment corporation. and we need to seek to build -- and we seek to build on the success of regional models of coordination like the africa growth and opportunity act. we need to ask hard questions about who should be doing what in the
essential at that point. the country had no choice. >> and we had several hearings on bank of america and merrill lynch and you were involved in that decision. you were supportive of what took place with the merger of -- the acquisition of merrill by bank of america, yes or no? >> that is right that at that time i was part of an effort to try to find a solution -- private solution to merrill lynch to that point and i thought that that action at the time was necessary and appropriate, yes. >> and today you have said that, you know, you think the initial decision relative to aig and the payment to the counterparty, you think that was appropriate, you stated that strongly in your written testimony, you talk about this is in the best interest of the american people. >> i do. i do. >> we did not act to help form banks, we acted because the consequences of failing at that time in those circumstances would have been catastrophic to our economy, american families and american businesses. you think it was definitely the right decision? >> i do. >> and the staff that worked for you at the new y
that would have prevented the terrorists from boarding a plane for america, and the steps that we will take to prevent this from happening again. janet napolitano will discuss and review of the aviation screening. how the terrorists -- the terrorists boarded an airplane that could have killed -- and cut that killed 300 innocent people and the aviation security going forward. i want to summarize the conclusions, and the steps that i have ordered to address them. the first line of defense is timely, accurate intelligence that is shared and integrated, analyzed, and acted upon quickly and effectively that is what the intelligence reforms achieved after 9/11 and what the intelligence community is doing every day. but that is not what happened leading up to christmas day. shortcoming's happened in three broad and compound in ways. first, all of the intelligence community learned a great deal about the al qaeda affiliate -- the al qaeda affiliate, in the arabian peninsula, we do that they were wanting to strike the united states and they were recruiting operatives to do this. they did not aggress
deputy steinberger discharges based on the believe china cannot be contained and therefore we, america, and the international committee must accept its rise to power. in return, we seek a china's reassurance that it stature will not come at the expense or security of other nations. for example, strategic assurance may be demonstrate in part by china's cooperation with the united states and other nations on matters of shared interest. in particular, within the last year we worked together in our handling of the global financial crisis. countering piracy off the east coast of africa, and isolating north korea for its persistent and aggressive nuclear and missile tests. while these are positive steps in our relationship, we cannot ignore the reality that china still fall short in the calm of reassurance. actions speak louder than words. here are but a few examples. first, on monday china demonstrate its resolve to expand its strategic capabilities with the missile defense tests. as of yesterday we heard from the pentagon that this test was conducted without advance notification to the uni
. the issue of nato is huge. as soon as i got into the sources in russia and germany and america, it became clear to me that it was an integral part of the german navigation process. that surprised me. i had read it was an issue for [unintelligible] there is a huge section in the book on it. there is going to be more in print. in this time, there is even a separate organization that does a lot about managing expectations. that comes up. this comes the very early, the discussion of moving nato. this is what surprises me. i had read that no one thought of expanding. for why, it was above. they are talking up with the nato and hungry. throughout the negotiations, he had been thinking about keeping open the possibility of trees being able to move this word -- eastward. some of this is public. they are not saying nato membership but some kind of partnership. it is not an carver to show -- it is not controversial. there is enough of it that gorbachev is up on it. he says this is his face where he is trying to come up with structures. yet come up with this common european home. they have the e-7 a
-- interestingly enough we sought -- saw msnbc attempt to do their version of "black in america," posted by chris matthews, ironically -- hosted by chris matthews, ironically -- i sat in the auditorium and watched him move less strategically than he normally moves, i was at least encouraged by chris' sensibility of communities of color. when the issue of reparations was raised in a very un sophisticated way, chris was the only person who was able to address by providing historical context and talking about it being an issue that should be discussed not whether it should be discussed or how which should be discussed, so that it was not an issue that would be glossed over. my concern was that most of the african-americans on the panel at that time did not feel comfortable enough addressing reparations, because they understood the reality that if they addressed it the wrong way, it was the last time they were going to be on msnbc. how could we get it accepted to be exotically ethnic but not aggressively ethnic, and who defines that and how -- it becomes more and more a walking- on-eggshells act, whe
, including testimony from the bank of america, morgan stanley, j.p. morgan chaise, and goldman sachs. and witnesses include representatives from the department of defense and state and the head of the u.s. pacific command. that is live at 10:00 a.m. eastern. >> the deadline is approaching to enter the 2010 student cam contest. top prize $5,000. just create a five minutes to 8 minute video on one of our country's greatest strengths or of challenge the country faces. enter before midnight, january 20. winning entries will be shown on c-span. do not wait another minute. >> republican representative mike hansen -- mike pence opposes health care bill. he recently hosted a town hall meeting to discuss the issue. this is little less than an hour and a half. >> welcome. this is the building we're pretty proud of, and a lot of the events have been here. we have quite a few elected officials. i am glad you are here. and here to do the honors for us. >> all lardner able and willing will send and prayed together. >> our father, is such a privilege to come before you in prayer. per is a gift, and
on in america is not just about health care. it is about the national energy tax. it is about their desire to increase taxes on literally every front. it is about importing terrorists. that is what we have seen in massachusetts, new jersey, and virginia. back to the health-care issue, we have made clear all year that we recognize that there are problems in our current health care system. problems that need to be addressed. we believe the way to address them is a step-by-step approach, a common-sense approach to make the current system work better. if you look at the outlines of the bill, it leads to the whole dismantlement of our current health care delivery system. that is not what the american people want. >> [inaudible] >> the supreme court decisions today are a big win for the first amendment. and is that in the right direction. i have always believed that sunshine was the best disinfectant. if you look at the campaign finance system, we have pushed hundreds of millions of dollars out of the light and into the dark. it was still being spent, it was just that nobody could see where it w
asia and latin america. but, hold it is a picture a good deal better than we expected. why is that the case? uri has already alluded to some of the reasons. going back one year" we all did was to underestimate the debt of contraction of the global economy the materialized in the fourth quarter of 2008. we were all puzzled by the deep fault and attributed it to the fear global depression. so, to confidence factors which are very hard to gauge correctly. we have had a very strong policy response to this fear. exceptional monetary measures with interest rates cut close to zero in many advanced become is with unconventional support for banks made available. we see this as a stimulus deployed. we also see recapitalization of banks and guarantees to get the financial sector running again. this has changed fundamentals on the ground, but also confidence. it is very difficult to forecast confidence. this recovery is off to abuttera better start than expee year ago. >> we're doing well on time. the second question, do you expect the recovery to continue in 2010, and if so do expecte
they were going to set bombs here in america. i just hope that we are anticipating all of the various processes -- one time it was issued. this time it's underpants. what will it be the next time? and i am pretty sure you all cannot fix "-- disclose this at this point, but please disclose it for the record and the are closed hearing. what are the techniques that you are assessing so we can be on the offense, as you said, director blair, but we have to be on the offense in this regard. and i am sure that you are but i've just want to reemphasize that, because i can say for the record, i think about the small towns across america. i was a terrorist, i would not go after chicago or new york. you know where i would go? i would go to my home town of some trolly up, ill. centraliz -- centralia, illinois. is there a comment? >> yes, senator. one of the criticisms that we've talked about among ourselves is being reacted as opposed to proactive all the time did you have to be proactive and fix what went wrong. what you have identified the problem, had tried to fix it. but we need to think ahea
happened in order to prepare america to avoid a repetition that led to the creation of the 9/11 commission. one of the findings of the 9/11 commission was the ultimate threat to the united states was when the worst weapons fell into the hands of the worst people. that led congress to create our commission to evaluate what is our level of preparation to avoid the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, particularly into the hands of terrorists. so it was appropriate that we started the day by giving back to the beginnings of this effort with families 9/11. our report on today comes eight years after 9/11. it comes one year after the publication of the report which was entitled world at risk, purposefully titled to indicate this is not one nation's problem, this is a global problem because it is the earth which is at risk, and one month after the failed attempt at an aviation bombing on christmas day there is some good news. the good news is particularly in the area of nuclear terrorism that the trend lines here seem to be running in the right direction. president obama has taken major
states. we also know that this is not the only such meeting taking place this month. across america, 49 of the addresses are being given, almost all under conditions far more grim than those we confront. the one national study of able says that our budget problem is one of the smallest in the nation. our days most celebrated business sage says, you don't know who's been swimming naked until the tide goes out. [laughter] >> well, the tide is out, and now we know. compared to its budget, illinois fiscal problem is four times larger than ours. arizona's, five times. california's, six times. out there, the governor recently explained in desperation, how could we let something like that happen? so far at least, no one in this room has to ask that question. a young seaman sought a better bareness advice, asking what do i do when i find myself in a gale force wind with a dangerous reef to leeward? to which the old sea captain replied, what you do is, you don't get yourself in that position. through the discipline of legislators on this floor, and as a verb, businesslike management of my collea
not qualified for the task. the basic proposition is this. in america, the principle ought to be what you do with your money is your but -- is your business, tax payer money is our business. if the compensation structure causes you to fail, did not take money away from others to bail them out. the purpose of government is not to bail out. it is not to place artificial limits on the american dream. it is to preserve freedom. >> the gentleman from kansas. >> thank you, mr. chairman. >> i think financial firms receiving taxpayer assistance should receive the most scrutiny with regards to compensation practices. the most troubling case was an edgy -- was aig, which provided bonuses after taxpayers invested billions of dollars to keep the company solvent. i ask the ceo of the company at the tide if he would encourage employees to voluntarily return their bonuses. he said he would, and executives paid back some of it. in december of last year, we learned it was only $19 million. i wrote secretary dieter about this. -- i wrote secretary timothy geithner about this. if aig were allowed to go through
was here speaking to you today as a representative of the pga tour of america, professional golfers association and i was talking about expanding the base of people who were interested in golf, i'd be reaching out at pga tour events and driving ranges and golf shops and sporting goods shops. it's the same philosophy. what we do is we use rifle shot precision to target our volunteer outreach in those areas where we think we'll get our best return investment. our opponents who don't have these built-in luxuries have to use a scatter shot approach where they cast a big net and they hope to reel in some supporters but they often reel in a lot of opponents as well. this is a distinct advantage that we have in our opponents that we can really target our outreach efforts in place where is we're going to get an extremely high return on that effort. as pat said in my introduction we currently are a staff of 11 folks and we're broken down into two sort of distinct but overlapping at the same time components within the division. half of the staff function much like a legislative assistant or l
of america and in employment growth and ranked ninth in the nation in labor force growth which means a lot of people voting and leaving the northeast or upper midwest coming to south carolina to seek opportunities. i think it's evident in the decisions of companies like boeing and google and starbucks and eddy thus to put roots in south carolina. it is evident in expansion of bmw or oscar, it is evident in the efforts of on some heroes working to grow and sustain small businesses like southern aluminum and clinton or roofing in some central or that matter donner and estherville. it's evident in a lot of different fronts. we talk about change in the way that colombia works and once again we have this land where we would like to end that we have made real changes and efforts year i thank you. for too long to many votes were not recorded in the chambers and there can be no accountability with out transparency. get niki hanly and najaf and valentine in the house and harvey in the senate led efforts to change this on the simple belief is an idea was important enough to be voted on by the genera
period. we intend to give assistance to the countries hand in hand to the united states of america. i'll leave it at that. but i think you will see that this informal meeting has given a considerable boost to the european commission to get this work underway as soon as possible. thank you very much. secretary you have the floor. >> thank you, thank you again minister for your invitation for me to join all of the nations here for today's eu meetings. i thank you as well for opening the agenda to include the important matters before us today. we've had a very robust set of discussions about strengthening the international aviation security system. and, of course, one of the catalyst for the renewed sense of urgency here is the attack of december 25 on an airliner bound from amsterdam to detroit. and white that was an attack on a u.s.-flagged carrier over the united states or do the united states city, the fact of the matter is that there were passengers on the airliner from over 17 different countries of the world. in fact, over 100 of the passengers on that airliner where from countrie
in one part of the world could have a huge impact on here in america or what we do in here impacting on somewhere else, but it will take a lot of work to do due diligence and come up with the right framework to remove the safety wernet, but i think that will happen. >> 15 seconds. there is a significant difference between the increase in perception if a firm will fail and whether or not a put option exists. it may be the case that your spreads increase after lehman failed, but investors may still be pricing and risks, the possibility that the government might step in and rescue your firm. thank you. >> mr. hennessy? >> thank you, mr. chairman. i would like to focus on a couple of things, a few things, for all of you that relates specifically to what caused the financial crisis. the newspapers have covered this somewhat, but i would like to get this in the record. >> excuse me, mr. wallison, would you pull that microphone down toward you and then pull it up? >> i have got it. mr. blankfein, i just have to say that we w's have always envied you b's, and i now recognize the downside to
in law and the rights of women around the world that on c-span's america and the courts. >> american icons, three original document is from c-span. now available on dvd. a unique journey through the iconic homes of the three branches of american government. see the exquisite detail of the supreme court. go beyond the velvet ropes of public tours of the white house, america's most famous home. and explore the history, heart and architecture of the capital. american icons, a three disc dvd set. it $24.95, plus you begin and the. one of the many items available at c-span.org/store. now an event with former deputy national security adviser, for counterterrorism, juan zarate. he's a former bush administration official who also served in the treasury department tracking sources of funding for alleged terrorist groups. washington center for internships and academic seminars hosts this event that he speaks for an hour. >> is my time to welcome our first guest speakers today, juan zarate. zarate, to the inside washington weeklong seminar, congress and the obama presidency. this program is one
with guns and violence because they are in danger in themselves. also, america never targets the innocent like terrorists do. we are there to protect them from the terrace. if they do not hang around them, they are not in any kind of danger. i want to make one more statement about elections. i think a lot of times not everyone has a lot of experience. i think we vote for people who we think would make good judgment. even in america, we vote for someone, we vote for someone that we think has good judgment. . . that is what we try to do in the united states. that is what the iraqi people are trying to do. that is what the afghan people are trying to do. host: ambassador william taylor, thank you for joining us this morning. that will about do it. we're back here tomorrow morning at 7:00 eastern with more of your calls and comments. we look forward to that. hope you have a good day. >> a number of live events coming up freak you today on the c-span network. coming up in 90 minutes, a panel discussion on texting, a drunk driving and traffic laws. you can watch that right here on c-span. a lit
of all the changes that have occurred in america since 9/11. what your question raises for me, senator, is one that does not ordinarily come into the debate on terrorism, and that is the question of cost effectiveness. the security people can come up with than in was number of ideas as to what you should do, and you find it very difficult to argue against any of them. because they have truth to them. i think, as we move along and as our costs continue to rise, the question you raised will become much more part of the debate. is it cost-effective? now, obviously, you want to go on the set of security. and you clearly have. i do not know what this country spends to fight terrorism today. i am not sure anybody has made a calculation of it. if they have, i have not seen it. but it is a huge amount of money. so the cost program schedule, too. >> i had a thought. i will come back to it. i want to talk briefly with you about the national counter- terrorism center, which we focused more on the dni and the general problem in some of the effects of the christmas day bombing. obviously, the 9/11
have been doing for the past year or so it iis anything and everything that deals with america is wrong. they know the right way, the way it should have been done. there is never an american way of doing things coming from the republicans. if it is not done by republicans, then it is the wrong way. do you think it is fair, people like me, who are independent, and a vote for people who they believe are on both sides -- not one side -- looking at everything from an american view? guest: i think you are exactly right. that is the environment that many of us hoped for when it came to washington. that is what the president hoped for. there would be an american way, he was going to bring down the partisanship, and we began the year with a stimulus bill that must $787 billion which was passed with democratic votes. from my standpoint, rather than looking at the coalition's where there are democrats or republicans to support the stimulus plan, health care plan -- that really would enable us to move forward recognizing and that neither party is the repository for having the correct answer. i thi
the change. you know, we're not going to leave unanswered charges against the united states of america. and the kind of work that we do every single day. that has to be going forward, what becomes the norm, not the exception. we have a story to tell. we have an important message to deliver, and we need every single person to be part of that. so going forward, we're going to look in a very clear-eyed way pat what we do well, what we could improve on, but to make sure that the extraordinary story that the united states has to tell is presented forcefully and effectively in every corner of the world. before i take your questions, i want to review a few important areas of progress since i first met with you a year ago over in the c-street foyier. you know, we begin with the idea of smart power and the goal of elevating diplomacy and element and making them partners with defense. i'm please indeed owe far we've come in doing that. our budgets demonstrate both the commitment of the administration and congress to this vision commitment to this vision. we've reached tout powers and pursued con
the united states of america, people were rapidly losing confidence in our financial system, and in the government's ability to safeguard their economic security. in the midst of this storm, aig posed a much greater threat to lehman. aig was much larger it was spread across the globe and its failure would have been far worse, hitting americans in ways lehman could not. aig was one of the largest life and health insurance companies in the country. one of the largest property and casualty insurers providing insurance to 180,000 small businesses and other corporate entities, which together employed about 100 million people. aig had sold products to protect local and city governments, pension funds, and thousands of public and private companies. through guaranteed investment contracts and protection for 401(k)s, and as problematic, aig engaged in a broad range of financial activities that strayed well beyond traditional insurance businesses. using a credit rating based on the strength and profitability of its insurance companies, it had become one of the largest providers of com
southern neighbor, mexico, and in latin america. i was raised as someone train today look east and west. even being raised in southern california. i didn't look south very much. yet in the global world that we are living in right now, we have to focus more and more there as well. so there are challenges associate with the latin america. the emergence of china. and what does that mean? and the economic -- i pay attention to the economic engines, china, india, europe. us, brazil. and what does that mean for the future? i think in the long run it will be the engines that drive outcomes. so this is important that we pay a lot of attention to with a what is going on in other parts of the world. we stood up. last. a year and a half ago now. in -- for the sole purpose is being able to focus engagement strategy from the military perspective of africa. a wond full continent of great resources. wonderful people. and huge challenges. whether familiar end. disease. and i think that the world will need to be engaged there. so, and then as i look to the rest of the world, i also try to keep my head u
's wife urged patient people to stand up again and move forward. as they do, america will be there to help. we're fortunate to have with us today three very impressive witnesses with deep knowledge of haiti and the challenges that we and the haitian people face. paul farmer is the un deputy special envoy 8 for haiti -- for haiit. ti. he has been a friend to me. he has spent a great source for me. -- has been a great resource. james dobbin has written extensively on haiti and on the challenges of reconstruction. finally, the doctor who emigrated from haiti in 1979 to study medicine, can speak to that enormous public health challenges that he faces. he is the incoming director of public health for the state of georgia. we welcome all of you in thank you for being here today. let me turn to senator lugar and we welcome your testimony as. >> thank you, mr. chairman. i would like to thank you again for calling this important hearing on the rescue recovery and longer term issues in haiti. in the ongoing aftershocks since january 11 -- january 12, 2010, is one of the worst natural disasters to co
revolution. and that's why we are proclaiming ohio's status as america's energy gateway. and we will transform turnpike service plazas in williams and mahoning counties into showcases of ohio's advanced energy capabilities. visitors to ohio will learn, and ohioans will be reminded that ohio is producing a new kind of energy to power our future. now there will come a day when ohio will be the undisputed home of advanced energy. a day when we will have cast off those two tired little words that have been used to put us down. rust belt. because that's not who we are. [applause] >> thank you. there will come a day when the iconic image of the texas oil rig will be eclipsed by the ohio made wind turbine and solar panel. orval right once said that everything that he accomplished in his life was the result of his upbringing here in ohio. in ohio he was taught to question, explore, and to seek new answers. i believe in ohio, because that spirit is very much alive in our great state today. i believe in ohio because we have laid the foundation for growth and a thriving middle class. i bel
america. our system of government's the best in the world. due to the ability of average citizens to participate and gauge their elected officials without their belief that there are corrupting influences at play. but this opinion if gone unchallenged would have permanently changed future elections allowing corporations to spend at will could have undue influence on elected officials. the money spent and air time purchased will dwarf the voice of average americans. i have not seen a decision that more undermines campaign finance and is probably one of the three or four decisions in the history of the supreme court that most undermines democracy. we will depret the day that this decision has been issued. and at a time when americans are so worried about having say in washington, this just brushes those worries aside and says leave it to big money. they'll take care of you. so i stand here today, along with congressman van holland to say we will not let this decision go unchallenged. every single voter, every future candidate for office will be an underdog against the big business i
poverty is nowhere greater than in capitalist economies. today in america because of persistent poverty have far more to do with culture and economic injustice. but that very point brings us to the second and more serious moral critique of capitalism. that it empties social life of any higher meaning and so leaves society morally bankrupt even at an to the crisis occurs materially wealthy. it's capitalism in fact a means of replacing material poverty but spiritual poverty? is it in effect the moneymaking machine that durham social capitalism for its fuel leaving in its wheat the society of nihilists. this line of criticism has a long pedigree in the right and left from some of their earliest critics of capitalism to the present day. from romantics to moralist's from post-modernist and neoconservatives. it also recalls the classical christian critiques of merchants as lacking in moral bearings and especially in discipline. trade in the profits wrote st. thomas is mr. principal since the desire for the game knows no bounds. adam smith expected on the contrary the market with a disciplined
, that he was interested in bleeding america white. unfortunately, concentrating on large wars rather than intelligence -- wise intelligence gathering. host: could you explain what you mean? caller: i am of the opinion that the entire invasion of iraq was costly in american lives, treasure, and basically misguided. whereas we should have been hunting down bin laden. guest: very good points. in terms of hunting down bin laden, that has not stopped. that is something that is of great importance the prior administration and this administration, is important in terms of the ultimate dismantling of al qaeda. but you're broader point is a good one, that he has talked about his ultimate goal of bleeding america of blood and treasure. he equates the current battle with the united states to the battle against the soviets in the 1980's in afghanistan, he ascribes to the mujahedin in his efforts the collapse of the soviet empire, and they want to see the collapse of the u.s. we need to be cognizant of that, in terms of how we react, ensuring that we do not overreact. that is one of the challenges for
detail of the supreme court. go beyond the velvet ropes of public tours of the white house, america's most famous home. and explore the history, art and architecture of the capitol. american icons, a three disk dvd set. it's $24.95 plus shipping and handling. one of the many items available at c-span.org/store. >> next, a conversation on corporate lobbying and government relations. we'll hear from a microsoft lobbyist at this hour and 20 minute event hosted by american university's public affairs and advocacy institute. >> oh, welcome back to the public affairs advocacy institute. i want to say members of this class are becoming famous on c-span. we're getting all kinds of emails about some of you but i won't tell you which ones. i'm getting some positive emails about the class and a lot of people are enjoying it. and i like that very much. it's sometimes hard for our speakers to do c-span 'cause they leave out all the good jokes. but with ed ingle, i don't think that's going to be a problem. he's always entertaining. >> i'm a big joke in and of itself. [laughter] >> he's always ent
court, go beyond the bill that ropes of public tours of the white house, america's most famous home, and explore the history, art, and architecture of the capital. american icons, a three-disc cd set. handling. it is one of the many items available at c-span.org/store. "washington journal" is next. president barack obama will be at the u.s. today to attend a jobs summit with house democrats spread live coverage begins at 4: 40 5:00 p.m. eastern parent -- 4:45 eastern. we will get an update on the financial inquiry commission today. after that, the urban institute will talk about health
in latin america. i think we have seen a dramatic conversion of the financial instability. -- conversion of the financial instability. a big part of the market's strength is the benefit that this region is now enjoying, from the long run, and reads the bushmen of financial stability. it is very paradoxical because that benefit is coming from the very time we in the richer world are suffering financial instability. it need not have happened that way, but it has. r') point, one of the big issues that we face in the world. reestablishing financial conditions in the mature markets, but also ensuring that the boy and financial conditions that we have out there in many of the emerging markets, we need to be sure that those do not to become over -- to overheated. -- too overheated. >> the next question to the gentleman in the middle there. >> i'm john ring from morgan stanley. the panel has not talked about tax policy at all. i have two questions, peter. the first is, do you think that governments will ignore growing evidence that low tax rates foster economic growth in interest of fiscal aust
, call representative utley and tell her that you want when you tell her you want to make america america more energy independent, she knows that if you paid money to try to persuade her, what does she think is going to happen if she votes against you? do you think she's going to know that you very possibly could run ads against her afterwards? yes, is the answer that you're looking for. i think we need those jumper cables. all right. so it's a very important too many running the persuasion ads, but to make it really effective, you have to name the name of the representative or senator, who is your target and once they know you're running a persuasion ad, they will be fairly sure that you're going to run a negative ad against them if they vote wrong. and so that's a very important thing. so we can use persuasion ads for informing, persuading, thanking, holding accountable, we call those either thank you ads or since this is on c-span, i'll say spank you ads, holding them accountable and there's one other thing you can do with issue advertising. which is you can run ads that are designed t
name. nathan of the union of orthodox jewish congregation of america, richard of the american jewish committee, charles haynes of the freedom forum first amendment center, holly and brent of the baptist joint committee. we have a represent from the institute of religion and civic values, colby of the american center for law and justice. rabbi david of the religious action center for reform judaism. a representative of the seek council on religion and education. mark of the american jewish congress, mitchell formerly of the general conference of seventh day adventist. and i hope i haven't missed any drafters in the audience. oh, isabelle, my goodness. thank you. isabelle. you changed your name recently but i'm so glad that you raised your hand here. isabelle richmond of the first freedom center a very valued drafter and came from richmond to join us this morning. thank you so much, isabelle for your participation in this project. well, again, what makes this statement particularly valuable is that it has been jointly drafted not only by a group that is quite diverse in religious terms
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